What is comprehensive training?
Comprehensive Training refers to the total and complete spectrum of performing arts instruction offered at Kinsella Magnet School. Students actively learn and demonstrate the processes of creating, performing and responding. Students are taught by certified drama, dance, stage craft, instrumental and vocal arts educators! Everyday students work with experienced teaching artists and professionals from Hartford Stage, Hartford City Ballet, the Hartford Symphony, Albano Ballet, the Judy Dworin Performance Project, Tom Lee, Dana Pomfret and the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts.
Kinsella annually features twenty productions and events totaling an anticipated 67 shows in the 2010/11 school year. Students rehearse during the school day and extended day. Typically the season includes, but is not limited to: two main stage musicals, one drama, two original dance concerts, two instrumental concerts, one vocal concert, one piano recital, one interdistrict band concert, two residency shows, a multimedia showcase, one play from Shakespeare’s canon and residency productions directed by one of our community partners such as Hartford Stage and the Judy Dworin Performance Project.
Performing Arts Staff and Faculty
Eddie Duran came to Kinsella Magnet School from Hartford Stage where he worked for seven years. During his tenure with Hartford Stage, Mr. Duran was in such productions as Macbeth, A Christmas Carol, the Tennessee Williams Marathon and Write On! As the Hartford Stage Education Director, he expanded programming to reach over ten thousand students annually and developed Connections, an innovative theatre-literacy residency focusing on reading and critical thinking and emotional intelligence, EQ. Mr. Duran originated the critically acclaimed, Breakdancing Shakespeare program and produced two full productions of Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As a registered artist with the Connecticut Commission of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Duran is listed as a multitalented theatre artist specializing in making relevant connections from life to text and from text to performance. He has led workshops and residencies in Shakespeare, breakdancing, oral history explorations, multi-media performance art and social-issue theatre. Mr. Duran has over eighteen years experience working in theatre education and holds a B.A. in Drama from Hofstra University and a M.F.A. in Acting/Performance from Purdue University. Mr. Duran’s goal for the 2010/11 school year is to further develop Kinsella’s robust performance program and fully integrate the performing arts into all areas of the curricula. Click to see Eddie Duran’s listing with the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
Miss Howe received her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education from Central Connecticut State University. She began her career in the performing arts early in life starting with gymnastics and then figure skating, including competing in National figure skating championships. During her coaching career, she has implemented both on and off-ice training that includes ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and Pilates to further train her students. Her dance career started at CCSU, where she now teaches as well, under the direction of Catherine Fellows. Ingrid has studied with Joseph Albano and Julia Fredrick and practices the Albano Method as well as dances in the Annual Albano Ballet’s Nutcracker performance held at CCSU and Mohegan Sun.
Mrs. Russo began dancing at the age of a year and a half-she studied tap, jazz, and ballet for the first sixteen years, and then continued her Dance education through the Dance Program offered at Naugatuck Valley Community College with Professor Elena Rusnak. Mrs. Russo attended Central Connecticut State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in English with a Minor in Psychology. She then continued her education at the University of Bridgeport where she obtained her Master’s Degree and Certification in Elementary Education. Mrs. Russo has worked and performed with masters such as Lori May, Jim May, Jim Clark (Bob Fosse extraordinaire), Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, Pilobolous, and Alvin Ailey’s Repertoire Dance Ensemble.
Renee Tavares is a graduate of CCSU where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education. She has taught in Hartford for nine years of which five have been at Kinsella. Mrs. Tavares works across all the areas of design and instruction including costuming, props, scenic painting and hair & make-up. She received a Leadership Award from Artsonia, a special recognition awarded to only ten teachers in the United States. Mrs. Tavares also has a strong background in visual art, including painting, drawing, crafts, printmaking, photography, ceramics, and design. She is a recent graduate of the Graduate Institute earning a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. Mrs. Tavares posts student art work on a website entitled www.artsonia.com. Check it out!
Carma Liburd is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University where she earned her BA in Arts education. She also earned a degree in Fashion Design from International Fine Arts College in Miami, FL before making the decision to teach as she comes from a long line of educators. She worked extensively in the Fashion design industry where she honed her skills in the construction and design of clothing. She also adept with the traditional art forms such as drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Mrs Liburd believes art is the medium of possibilities. She strives to give each student the opportunity to use their own unique voice/perspective as a catalyst for expressing themselves. She is excited to work with all the students and families of Kinsella.
Mrs. Kroqi studied and received her Bachelors Degree in Music at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana, Albania. She earned her Masters Degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport. For more than ten years, Mrs. Kroqi taught flute at the “Jakov Xoxa” Music High School in Fier and the “Preng Jacova” Music High School in Shkoder, both in Albania. She has also performed in a number of orchestras and chamber groups in Albania and Austria. Since coming to the United States, she was the instrumental teacher at Doolittle School and Dood Middle School in Cheshire, CT. For five years she has been teaching band at Kinsella Magnet School of the Performing Arts in Hartford. In addition to teaching privately, she coaches woodwind students who are members of the Greater Waterbury Youth Symphony.
Jeremy Osterling has worked in the Hartford School system since 2006. He came to Kinsella by way of Simpson Weaverly and the Renzulli Academy. Mr. Osterling graduated from Western Connecticut with a B.S. in Music Education and received his M.A. of Arts in Education from the University of Saint Joseph concentrating in Multiple Intelligences and Arts Integration. His passion is blues and jazz music. The grandson of the late Portland music director Eric Osterling, the well known composer and arranger, Jeremy has been emerged in jazz music since childhood and continues his family's legacy at Kinsella. Currently, Jeremy performs with the Boston band, Pandemonium. He also plays locally with various jazz groups. He respects loves, and appreciates music from all genres. Kinsella is thrilled to have Jeremy on the music faculty and anticipates a high school music program to rival the nations best!
GAIL LUMPKIN is a graduate of Hartt School of Music with a Bachelor in Music Education and has achieved a Masters + 90 in the areas of Elementary and Bilingual Education. She has taught in the Hartford Public Schools for over 30 years and presently is a consultant at the R.J. Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts. She is past president of M.E.T.A. (Music Education Technologists’ Association) and has been a clinician for inservice workshops for the Hartford Public Schools, and convention sessions for CMEA (Connecticut Music Educators Conference) and MENC (Music Educators National Conference). In 2006 she was named Teacher of the Year in Hartford and New Haven 20 Symphony’s Elementary Music Teacher of the Year. She performs throughout New England with the band “Celebrity”.